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News roundup: Hunger Goblin’ totals, North Transfer Station reopens, Cookie Counter fundraiser, Metro app for buying tickets

Here’s a roundup of various news from the neighborhood.
Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat at neighborhood businesses on Oct. 29 raised $800 and 560 pounds of food for our neighbors in need.
A new neighborhood Facebook page is gathering neighbors to share or trade services. It’s called Simple Seattle, Share, Swap & Sell.
The Cookie Counter, which struggled mightily to open in Phinney Ridge this summer after a string of bad luck and contractor troubles, and then closed recently after more troubles, is trying to reopen. So many customers asked them to start a Go Fund Me campaign to reopen that they did. So far they’ve raised nearly $6,000 of their $25,500 goal. They’re also having a fundraiser during Friday evening’s Artwalk/Phestivus.
Seattle Public Utilities’ North Transfer Station has finally reopened after more than two years of construction. The solid waste facility is near Gas Works Park, at 1350 N. 34th St. The new Transfer Station has a separate building for recyclable and reusable materials, and features two green roofs, porous pavement to slow storm water, solar panels for electricity, translucent panels to allow natural light in the “tipping” (garbage and yard waste) building and the recycling center, automated rolling access doors to keep odors from wafting into the neighborhood, plus recycled roofing shingles, and a public-art sculpture made from salvaged rebar from the old station. To buffer the dump from the neighborhood, the land includes a play area for children, a sports court and open lawn. You can see a five-minute video about the new North Transfer Station here.
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is looking for an AmeriCorps VISTA member for a one-year opportunity to support Mayor Ed Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will focus on using the Find It, Fix It Community Walk planning and outreach to increase participation in city-based volunteer programs, from Jan. 30, 2017, to Jan. 29, 2018.

This VISTA Member will design strategies to recruit volunteers, lead community outreach efforts in neighborhoods selected for the Community Walks, handle promotion and publicity, and develop impact metrics and outcome measurements for the walks.

E-mail applications (resume, cover letter and at least two references – one professional and one personal) to [email protected] Deadline to apply is Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.
King County Metro Transit has just launched a new mobile ticket app called Transit GO Ticket, which allows riders to buy and redeem transit tickets on their mobile device without needing cash or an ORCA card. Tickets can be used on Metro buses, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar and Sound Transit’s Link light rail and Sounder trains. It’s designed to make paying for transit more convenient for infrequent riders – including visitors, sports fans or those who would otherwise pay cash. Use the app to purchase a Transit GO Ticket on an Apple, Android or Windows mobile device, activate it just prior to boarding, then show it to a transit operator, fare collector or fare inspector. Transfers are allowed between Metro buses within a two-hour window.